The COST of Following Jesus

Date 30th September 2012  by Ryan Hemelaar - Operatin 513 Leader  Bible passage Luke 14:25-33

When most people think about what Jesus taught, usually what enters their mind is something like, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Yes Jesus definitely did teach that, but there were also times when he taught some things which seemed very offensive. The passage we are looking at this Sunday evening contains one of the ‘offensive’

When God Repents – NO SERMON

Date 30th September 2012  by Greg Tenni - Elder  Bible passage Genesis 6:1-22

In Genesis 6 we read that God repents, but not in a way that makes anybody feel comfortable; so we will try to look at some of the reasons behind this. We also deal with the question of whether it is God who is angry with us, or if it is we who are angry

Blessed Are All…

Date 23rd September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 2

Psalm 1 starts with the words “Blessed is the man… “ and Psalm 2 ends with the words “Blessed are all…” Together Psalm 1 and 2 tell us what is it that makes a person blessed. Last week, as we looked at the two pictures of a tree and of chaff, we unpacked what Psalm

Habakkuk: Prayer In Despair

Date 23rd September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 73 and Habakkuk 1:12-2:1

For Habakkuk things seemed to have gone from bad to worse. He asked God to act to change the people, but when God responds with the bombshell that he will be sending in the Babylonians to deal with the problem Habakkuk is confused. It’s as if Habakkuk is thinking “two wrongs do not make a

Blessed is the One…

Date 16th September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 1

American journalist, novelist and Nobel prize winner, Ernest Hemmingway once said: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”. How true is this of western culture today? We pride ourselves on being the most ‘intelligent’ people who ever lived, and as Australians we certainly are among the best educated people in the world.

Habakkuk: The Strange Ways of God

Date 16th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage 2 Kings 23:36-24:17 and Habakkuk 1:5-11

Today we continue our journey through the prayer diary of Habakkuk. The prophet had long prayed against the sins of God’s special nation- Judah. he loved God and he his nation and he hungered for God to act to bring relief and peace and revival. He longed for God to change hearts and lives and

Habakkuk: A Prophet’s Burden

Date 09th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 13, Habakkuk 1:1-4

The book of Habakkuk takes us back some 2700 years. As we open the prophet’s prayer diary we see that he lived in a very different world but as you listen to his prayers and God’s word in responding to him it becomes clear that the human condition was much the same as it is

A Different Spirit…

Date 02nd September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Numbers 14:24

Pope John XXIII once said: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” On Sunday, the day when we give our full attention to Fathers we will take the time to both thank our fathers for their tireless efforts to be ‘real fathers’ as well as

The Search for Satisfaction

Date 26th August 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 63

Drought [drowt] – a lengthy and serious lack of something. I wonder how often this possible description of the word ‘drought’ can be applied to the experience of our lives? As we continue to keep up with our culture’s relentless demands on our time and energies, how often are we abandoned to lengthy periods of

Walking in Wisdom

Date 05th August 2012  by Ryan Hemelaar - Operation 513 Leader  Bible passage Colossians 3:1-4; 4:2-6

What does it mean to walk in wisdom? Is it to follow the advice of the latest gossip magazines? Or to pick up life tips from today’s pop music? We are going to find out what the Apostle Paul means when he says we should walk in wisdom this coming Sunday evening. Read the last

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Date: 17 June 2018, 10:06 by Load Audio & Video

[Reading: Mark 12:28-34] In our journey through Mark’s gospel we have come to a passage we know so well. Because it is so familiar it’s lost the revolutionary impact it would have had on the Teacher of the Law, the disciples and others listening in. In Jesus’ response there is a little word repeated four

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Who Made You Boss?

Date: 15 April 2018, 10:04 by Load Audio & Video

This is the final few days of Jesus before He is to be crucified. He and his followers are returning to the Temple for the third day in a row. This time He is met by the highest religious authorities who have had enough of this Jesus and his actions. They pose him a quite

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Our Generous Father – Audacious Prayer

Date: 06 May 2018, 10:05 by Load Audio & Video

How bold are your prayers? Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God … but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent?

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Who Are You Reflecting?

Date: 02 September 2018, 10:09 by Load Audio & Video

In Ephesians 6:4 Paul instructs fathers not to exasperate their chil￾dren, but to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. I’m sure all of us, fathers and mothers alike think that sounds like a good idea. But how do we do it? What does that look like? Part of the answer

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Heavenly Minded – Earthly Intentional

Date: 20 May 2018, 10:05 by Load Audio & Video

The Christian life is a transformed life, starting with a renewed mind. Christ’s priorities become our priorities as our mind is more aligned with Christ’s. We are also a work in progress, under construction. When Christ, to whom we are connected by faith, returns, we will be like Jesus and have a glorious, Christ-like resurrection

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